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I was trying to find a story for a friend, a Zen koan about a master slapping his student. They were walking through a field and a flock of geese rose up, and the student commented how beautiful they were. Then the master slapped him, and he experienced a moment of satori. In that moment, he said, "They were always here!" I don't...
Birdman. Michael Keaton, some other people you might have heard of. The trailers make it look really interesting, the story of a washed-up superhero who was never more than second-rate being dragged out of retirement by popular demand. That could be funny. Only that has nothing whatsoever with the movie. It's really about a washed-up actor...
Photo by Leila Monaghan.
After every election, we get to see the same sort of talk from otherwise reasonable people: our side won, and therefore this is a "mandate from the people," and "our side lost, so I'm looking for another country to which to expatriate myself." This time around, we also get a stream of little ironies—like the...
Photo by Christopher Michel.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This post was written a few weeks before Scooby Doo aka Escobar Durango's passing. My dog is dying. Right there in front of me, inch by inch at first and now yard by yard, my dog is dying. He's 14 or 15, nobody can be sure because he came from the pound way back when. The pound named him Mick and I named him Scooby Doo...
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I mean, you aren't Catholic, so why do you share the little articles about what the Pope says? Benedict seems to have been more conservative. He didn't do a great deal about systematic abuse in the church, didn't have anything to say about same-sex romances, had a hard, traditional line on contraception and abortion. Francis decided to...
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Sometimes, I want to shout at my son. I mean, I don't want to, but I experience a powerful urge to. But he's nine, and shouting at him wouldn't be helpful. It would damage the relationship and teach bullying. When this urge arises, sometimes, I take a page out of Carl Whitaker's book: I pretend to shout, mocking the angry man,...
In the modern age, it is hard to move paper without ample doses of sex and violence. This is a world in which 50 Shades of Grey is a best-selling series—bad writing by most accounts but sufficiently titillating without being too frightening. In A Dance of Dragons, George R. R. Martin has one of his characters say it might not be possible for...
Rollo May asks this question: what is freedom? Freedom and Destiny is the answer at length, more like a dozen answers. It boils down to two things: what do you mean by freedom? And that which both opposes and enables destiny, its synonym and opposite. Lately, I have given up atheism as an identifier. It is not that I have turned towards belief,...
I am not an activist. No, I am not and you can't make me one. I am a pacifist of the worst order, the kind who confuses peacefulness with inaction. I prefer inaction. If humankind is going to ride the rails it is building straight into the maw of hell, I prefer to let it; we have to learn from our mistakes, and I am busy trying (and failing)...
I'll be 41 here in a minute, and around these times we mark out as indications of aging, I like to spend a few minutes reflecting. What does it all mean? This year, I've decided to think about the upsides of aging. Sure, there are downsides, but we can't have everything. The occasional focus on what is good won't kill us. Sex comes...
The problem with saying yes to one thing is you are thereby saying no to everything else. Yalom makes this point at least 63 times in his writing. I made that number up because I am too lazy, really, to track down any or all of the times he said it. So, I picked a number. Sixty-three is a good number, big enough to be implausible so you know I...
Illustration by David Vignoni.
In Prelude to Foundation (Asimov, 1988) Hari Seldon invents the science of psychohistory that forms the basis of the Foundation series. This series presumes that human behavior is predictable by science, and that those predictions can be used to influence future history for the betterment of humankind. The Foundation series itself was started in...